Demonstrator #3

Guadeloupe Archipelago, France

Key Facts

Guadeloupe is highly exposed to the intensification of hurricanes, coastal erosion, heat waves and droughts are making it increasingly vulnerable, although the region’s adaptive capacity is advanced. Located in the Caribbean Sea, the Archipelago has a population of 390 000, on a total area of 1 600 km².

Actions and expected results

  • Agriculture (1.5% of the Guadeloupe GDP), with 2 dominant and highly subsidised crops grown mainly for exportation: sugarcane and bananas. Guadeloupe imports about 80% of its food. Farming is impacted by more intense and more frequent droughts and floods, higher temperatures, and more destructive hurricanes. The attempts for culture diversification are threatened by these extreme phenomena. RTDs have started to design and encourage new models of sustainable farming and crops to increase both food and climate change resilience.

  • Tourism (9.5% of the Guadeloupe GDP), with about 850 000 visitors each year. Most visitors come during the summer, during the hurricane season. Tourism activities and accommodations are thus directly affected by climate change as the region experiences stronger hurricanes and coastal erosion mostly due to sea elevation.

A local adaptation acceleration fund for municipalities, businesses and farmers with adaptation plans and specific projects. Awareness-raising, and behavioural change will be reached via nudging: cognitive design artefacts and behavioural economics artefacts released to end-users at specific moments in time, often correlated to a trigger and state of mind, to develop a new sustainable behaviour.

Partners Involved

Acterra Environnement Climat
ADEME - Agency For Ecological Transition